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By Alicia A. Caldwell
Arizona Daily Wildcat
November 13, 1997

Heart attack kills longtime UA employee

A 32-year UA optical sciences research technician died Monday after suffering a heart attack while leaving work.

Manuel Correia, 61, complained to fellow workers of chest pain earlier in the afternoon, before being found by co-workers lying on the south loading dock, according to University of Arizona Police department reports. Optical sciences employees told officers he had been lifting heavy equipment during the day.

An employee found Correia just after 4 p.m. and called 911 while other employees began to perform CPR.

UAPD and Tucson Fire Department officers arrived and continued to administer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions.

Correia was taken to University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 4:50 p.m.

Correia worked for the University since Nov. 1, 1965.

Bobbi Doss, human resources manager for optical sciences, said Correia will be greatly missed by faculty, staff and students alike in the university community.

"He was here before the building was here, he's worked under every director," Doss said.

Correia is survived by his wife Annette and three children.

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